"…By what stretch of arrogance do you think a life form that looks like you is more important than a life form that doesn’t?”Joel Salatin

Nothing is more beneficial to your wellbeing than to look for and acknowledge those parts of everyday life that you enjoy.

"If you are happy where you are now, why does it matter how painful it was to get there?" -- Abraham

"It is no bad thing to celebrate a simple life." -- Bilbo Baggins a.k.a. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

"And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet, and the winds long to play in your hair." -- Kahill Gibran

“And forget not

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Finding an Easier Way

As I begin this brand new day, my dominant intent is to feel good, to look for that which gives me a glimmer of hope, an easy smile, or a twinge of appreciation. I love the "WOW!" moments too but the seemingly insignificant ones are all around us all day long. We must learn to let go of the idea that they are not important in the grand scheme of things. We have to figure out how to "lighten up". We need to let go of the responsibility or obligation to be "strong" or "serious" so we can enjoy the little things.

I had one hell of a mess out back after the windstorm. Only one big branch fell, but hundreds of little ones were scattered all over the yard. I feel fortunate that that was all I had to deal with, though. My young neighbors across the street have a huge dead mulberry tree laying on their house. They said it damaged the roof and now it leaks.

I like doing things the easy way, and when I walked outside and saw the twigs, I knew there had to be a better way of getting them into the trash can without all that bending. SO, I got my "Grabber" and I picked them all up with it. I stacked them at the back so I'll have lots of kindling for my chiminea next winter.

A week or so ago, I noticed the pecan tassels had accumulated behind the shop. Since Shelbie chases the squirrels back there, they get caught in her hair and she brings them in the house, so I wanted to get rid of them. The "real" blower and I don't get along and the battery operated one probably isn't up to that job, PLUS, I'm not good at blowing anyway, so I got out my shopvac. That worked great.

Yesterday, I brought it up onto the patio to clean up the mess from the windstorm. This is one of the best pieces of machinery I've ever had. I use it to clean out the pigeon pen, to vacuum the shop, and I also used it to suck the water out of the pond when I decided i didn't want it anymore. If you don't have a shopvac, you should get one. I bought mine at Sears for $59. There is also one called a "buckethead" at Lowes that mounts on a five gallon bucket and costs about $25.

These two tools are indispensable in my opinion. They definitely lend themselves to doing things the easy way.